Just in case you get the impression that all German computer magazines do super media tests with Audiodev CATS scans, let me point out a bad example. The latest issue 5/2004 of PC-Professionell
(started as German edition of PC Magazine) has a "test" of 13 DVD+R 4x and 8x media. They rated these exclusively on the basis of physical measurements of the unburnt media (planarity etc.):o. The only concrete numbers presented were excentricity (Radial Run Out). They didn't
explain how they determined the ranking.
Most of the article was devoted to discussing the results of one
CATS scan per media type burned on one of 5 different burners
. Their "conclusion": the media are good, but the drives' firmware(s) need work.
About the only concrete results are the combinations that worked OK:
- LiteOn LDW-811S (Fw HS0P) and Digital Disc Dessau 4x (DDDesauV20)
- LiteOn LDW-811S (Fw HS0P) and Moser Baer 4x (MBIPG101R3)
- Mitsumi DW 7872 TE (Fw 0054) and Taiyo Yuden 4x (YUDEN000T01)
The "qualitatively best 8x media" in the test, RITEK R03, produced POFs and a mean
PI Sum 8 of 290 on the test burn with a Speer LDR8442 (Fw HSG6), a LiteOn OEM.
Mixed up diagrams, a disjointed layout and switched firmware versions are the icing on this chaotic cake.